Staff and Consultants

In addition to the staff members, LSF employs consultants from across Canada who give workshops, perform studies, conduct research, and translate LSF's documents.


Pamela Schwartzberg

President and CEO

Pamela has over 30 years of progressive experience in strategic planning, policy development, project management, research and writing. She served as Ontario Program Director for Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) from 1995- 2002 coordinating research, policy development, teacher training and curriculum materials development. As of December 2002, Pamela has served as National Executive Director of Learning for a Sustainable Future. Her prior positions include: Coordinator of the Ontario Premier's Council; Manager of Policy and Programs for the Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy; Education Program Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Energy; and Energy Manager, Planning and Development Department for the City Of Brampton. Pamela has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.

Elaine Rubinoff

Director of Programs and Administration

Elaine Rubinoff has worked for Learning for a Sustainable Future since 1995. She began as Program Manager providing partnership development and project management until 2002 at which time she assumed the role of Director of Programs and Administration. Elaine’s prior positions include: Administrative Assistant in the Legal and Commodities Departments at George Weston Limited; Registered Sales Representative at Richardson Greenshields; Aboriginal Parole Officer with the Toronto Parole Board. Elaine is a graduate of York University.

Sam Gawron

Manager of Programs, Engagement and Development

Sam Gawron is a graduate of the Environment, Sustainability & Society and International Development programs at Dalhousie University and the University of King's College. She has a special interest in food & agriculture systems and global health. Sam's past experience includes work with the Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre on their social enterprise cafe, engagement of elementary school children in issues surrounding healthy and sustainable eating, a consulting position with the Marine Stewardship Council, and participation in various multidisciplinary environmental education programs such as the Upper Grand District's "Headwaters" program. 

Jenn Stevens

Manager of Learning, Research and Communication

Jenn Stevens is a graduate of the Masters of Child Study and Education at the Jackman Institute of Child Studies at the University of Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queen’s University. Jenn has worked to empower youth in various capacities through her previous work as the Membership Chair for the OISE branch of the Council for Exceptional Children, Respite Camp Leader at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and through her student teaching placements. She is passionate about issues in sustainability and aspires to equip today’s youth with the tools necessary to make a positive impact in their communities, the environment and the world around them


Debbie Miller 

Curriculum Specialist

Deborah has thirty-two years of experience in education. She spent twenty-seven years as a French Immersion teacher and five years as a teacher librarian and technology support teacher in the Pembina Trails School Division. Deborah has served on divisional and provincial committees focused on curriculum development, textbook reviews and social justice programs. She enjoyed collaborating with teachers to foster students’ critical thinking and inquiry skills while encouraging teachers and students to explore sustainable development themes and concepts in their classrooms. Recently retired from education, Deborah has been part of the Resources for Rethinking teacher team since 2007 and has currently taken on a management role for Resources for Rethinking. She enjoys spending time in Pinawa surrounded by the boreal forest, wildlife and incredible natural beauty of the area.

Chris Porter

Curriculum Specialist

Chris retired from teaching in 2006 after 32 years as a teacher and principal. Most of that time was spent at Tantramar Regional High School in Sackville, New Brunswick where he helped establish The Tantramar Wetlands Centre, well-known nationally for its innovative approach to environmental education. He has served on provincial curriculum committees, led regional workshops for science teachers and in recent years has spoken to public audiences across Canada about the value of experiential approaches to teaching. Since retiring from the public school system, Chris has held part-time positions with St. Thomas University’s Faculty of Education and Mount Allison University’s Coastal Wetlands Institute.  In addition to managing Resources for Rethinking, he continues to enjoy working directly with teachers through his involvement with LSF and the Tantramar Wetlands Centre.

 Janice Haines

Grade 4 Teacher and Specialist in Community Engagement

Janice has been teaching for approximately 20 years and provides leadership in developing community partners to meet learning objectives. She has taught kindergarten to grade six and is passionate about learning outdoors. Her goal as an educator is to empower children so that they love learning, and become engaged citizens that create their future with sustainability in mind. A smart woman once told her that you can’t fall in love with something you have never met so “Get Outside”!

 Jim Petrie

Atlantic Provinces, Curriculum Specialist

Jim has spent 26 years in the public school system as a teacher and department head. Since leaving the classroom he has served as Director of the New Brunswick Global Education Project, New Brunswick Director of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Consultant for CRB Heritage Project, Consultant for the Global Classroom Initiative (GCI), Consultant for Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), Assessor for the Canadian Heritage Program, Lecturer in UNB Faculty of Education and Chair of UNICEF New Brunswick. Jim has contributed to curriculum development in both New Brunswick and the Atlantic Provinces and has helped shape much of the social studies curriculum provincially and regionally. He has participated in a number of study groups including the Holocaust and Hope Study Tour of Germany, Poland, and Israel, the Keizai Koho Study Tour of Japan, the NATO Study Tour of France and Belgium, the United States Peace Institute in Washington and the International Development and Research Council Costa Rica Study Tour. 

 Pamela Gibson

Learning Innovation Consultant

Pamela is a longtime educator with years of classroom experience who continues to work in schools. She also supports teachers in their journey by working with them in PD settings.  She believes in supporting and enabling students to connect to the world through meaningful projects -helping them to get out into the communities they live in and to become actively involved. By learning in the land, the natural world, and their cultural communities come alive. Young people become well-grounded, connected, invested and whole. From a very young age, children want to contribute and to understand their world. Pamela helped pioneer a whole school approach to teaching the curriculum that uses the local natural, cultural, and built communities as the vehicle for understanding and meeting the expectations in the curriculum in a holistic way.

Ellen Field

Dr. Ellen Field teaches in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and holds a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship investigating climate change education among Canadian teachers, students, parents, and the general public. She also facilitates professional development workshops for Learning for a Sustainable Future with teachers on integrating climate change education through inquiry and developmentally-appropriate instructional strategies.

Stan Kozak


Stan’s experience in the formal learning system includes teaching at most grade levels, Board of Education Curriculum Consultant in Science and Environmental Issues, and Education Officer at the Ontario Ministry of Education, Curriculum and Policy Branch.  Since 1997 he has provided independent consultative support to a wide range of organizations.  Working in association with LSF for many years, he currently provides support in curriculum, policy and professional development.  He is co-author of Connecting the Dots: Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability, and project leader on many of LSF’s Key themes in sustainability initiatives.

Susan Elliot

Institute Facilitator

Susan is the Executive Director of the Learning Forum at Toronto French School. She has a B.Sc from the University of WAterloo, an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a Ph. D. from the University of London Institute of Education (United Kingdom), where her research focused on Assessment and Teacher Reflective Practices. Susan worked as Middle Years Coordinator of the Wernham West Centre for Learning at Upper Canada College in Toronto, developing the program from its inception. She provided academic support in learning strategies and best practices in experiential learning. She continues to write and present as a consultant for Learning for a Sustainable Future.

Susan de la Riva

Institute Facilitator

Susan de la Riva has taught for the past 20 years mostly at the post-secondary level. Susan is a graduate of Laurentian University in Sudbury and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University in North Bay. She is currently completing a Master of Education degree where her thesis will focus on the single gender learning experiences. For the past few years, she has presented environmental education workshops to students and teachers at the elementary and secondary levels in the Sudbury area. Working for both The Dearness Environmental Society and for Learning for a Sustainable Future, Susan delivers workshops to school assemblies, classrooms and one-on-one teacher consultations.

Tanya Murray

 Institute Facilitator

Tanya is an avid outdoors-person who is passionate about developing nature connections for learners of all ages.  Qualified and experienced in 3 divisions (Primary, Junior, Intermediate), Tanya loves to learn alongside others in both conventional and alternative environments. She recently completed a Regional Term Position at Sibbald Point Outdoor Education Centre and led a Ministry Pilot focused on Environmental Inquiry. 

She is a certified Outdoor Council of Canada Instructor and is currently working toward her Level 3 Forest School Practitioners Certification. Prior to classroom teaching, Tanya worked in the outdoor education field as a wilderness guide, adventure education facilitator, and spent 5 years at an independent school servicing vulnerable Toronto youth.  She is a graduate of Kinesiology from McMaster University and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Toronto.  

Judy Halpern

Institute Facilitator

Judy Halpern, (MEd.) a qualified teacher of more than 25 years, created The Magic Suitcase: a literature-based Environmental Education program, in 1996.  Her research involved using picture books to teach content, specifically in the area of science. Judy teaches pre-service teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a workshop presenter on inquiry-based learning. Her other experiences include: storytelling; teaching elementary to high school students; speaking at a host of conferences, leading cultural and educational tours to Nepal and writing and publishing teaching materials for young children. A walk in the woods, sharing wonderful books, fuels her passion for the importance of environmental education and her own natural curiosity.

Nathalie Lauriault

Institute Facilitator

Nathalie Lauriault has had numerous opportunities to teach in many different settings; from the French Immersion program in the public system, to independent schools in Canada, England and France. Throughout her teaching career, she has maintained a high level of competency in current educational research. She is the co-author of the book Tool for Teaching Conceptual Understanding-Elementary (2017). She is an educator who is dedicated to hands-on, experience-based learning for nourishing creative and curious minds. She encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become lifelong learners. In her spare time, Nathalie dances, bikes, hikes and practices Power Yoga. 

Karen Acton

Institute Facilitator

Karen Acton (PhD) is an educator with over 30 years of experience in both the elementary and secondary panels as a science teacher, department head, principal, and Ministry of Education officer. As the former environmental sustainability lead principal in her school board, she championed policy and procedure changes, promoted outdoor learning, and supported schools to successfully achieve 100% EcoSchools status. Karen’s doctoral thesis focused on revealing the supports and barriers of environmental teacher leadership. She teaches graduate courses at Western and OISE, and continues to follow her passion to help spread the word on the importance of environmental education and climate justice.

Michèle Martin

Institute Facilitator

Michèle Martin is a climate change facilitator and leads professional development for teachers organized by Learning for a Sustainable Future. She holds a PhD in environmental education from York University, and is a freelance consultant with extensive experience planning and leading sustainability and climate change education programs for students, teachers and other groups here in Canada as well as in her other home in the Seychelles Islands. 

Ingrid Tamkin

Institute Facilitator

Ingrid (B.A.History, MSC. Ed.) has been an educator for 22 years in Ontario, Quebec and the UK She is currently teaching in a Communications Class in the PDSB. A graduate of the Halton District School Board’s Bronte Creek Project in high school, and countless professional development opportunities in Environment Education and Whole Schools Approach to Sustainability, Ingrid has always sought to bring her passion for the outdoors into her teaching and thrives on collaborating and learning from and with other educators. 

Catherine Everett

Institute Facilitator

Catherine Everett (BA, MScEd) is an intermediate teacher in Peel District School Board. Currently, she is completing a Masters of Education in Sustainability, Creativity, and Innovation from Cape Breton University with a focus on creative/arts-based pedagogies, transformative learning, and sustainable happiness and well-being. Catherine has conducted workshops focused on Sustainable S.T.E.A.M., Outdoor Learning, and Creativity for K-8. From a young age, a love of nature and a zeal for taking action to right injustice has been at the heart of her work. Now, as an educator, Catherine values bringing practical, creative, and FUN sustainability education strategies to colleagues and students across Canada with LSF. In her spare time, she enjoys all sorts of geekery, being "Cherry Blossom" the Girl Guide leader, going on adventures with her family and a good cup of Earl Grey: Hot!

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